Webcomic Launch PARTAY!

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WHAT
René the webcomic is the story of a girl with no memory, and man with only one arm. Together they face a world where they seem to be the only living human beings. And now this comic comes to a new platform!

The LINE Webtoon’s Science Fiction Comic Contest offers contestants the chance at $30,000, plus the chance to become a featured artist on the website. The contest runs from June 9th to August 4th; each week, I will be updating once a with a new episode of René. That means you get lotsa new content every week!

WHERE
You can read René for free on Webtoons!
You can also check it out on the Webtoons app. To stay updated and get sneak-peeks, follow me on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, and deviantART!

HOW YOU CAN HELP
First, I need your ratings! The contest is primarily decided by public opinion, so make your voice heard! You can visit René’s page and leave a rating by clicking on the stars on the right-hand side of the page (or at the top, if you’re in the app.) Please feel free to leave a comment and share the comic with your friends!

In addition, you can also check out my Patreon page. While the actual comic is always free on Webtoons, you can see rough sketches and high-resolution panels the day before the comic updates!THanks

Testing a New Illustration Process!

It doesn’t LOOK a whole lot different from some of my other work, but I tried something different with these that allows me to work faster… Once I feel confident about it, I’ll actually record a video and discuss what I’m doing.

Also, don’t forget to take a look at my Skillshare class on designing webcomic characters!


I’m always open for commissions! Send me a message if you’re interested!

3 Tools to Make Digital Art Easier

I’ve seen a lot of articles on the interwebs about what tablet to buy, what laptop is the best for digital painting, etc. But I thought I’d share 3 items that I use everyday to make my digital art easier! For me, these are absolute MUSTS!

An Adjustable Tablet Stand

DSCN1338[1]If you find yourself feeling cramped or sore after a drawing session, it might be the angle of your drawing surface! Ideally, you want your drawing surface to be parallel to your face to avoid any perspective distortion. In addition, you want to avoid actually bending your neck while you draw.

A Wireless Keyboard

DSCN1339[1]I use a laptop for most of my art, and a wireless keyboard really helps! When I draw, I regularly use keyboard shortcuts, and having a keyboard that can move anywhere on my desk (or lap) means not rearranging everything around my actual laptop!

Wireless Mouse

DSCN1340[1]Again, this is really helpful if you use a laptop for your work. Trackpads are okay, but if I have my tablet out, then my laptop (and therefore trackpad) isn’t actually close to me. I picked up a wireless mouse so that I don’t need to reach over my tablet in order to click or scroll through things.

These may seem like little things, but when your work can flow more smoothly and efficiently, it makes a huge difference! These items allow me to sit and focus on drawing without getting too tired, frustrated, or achy.

Make sure you check out my Skillshare class on drawing webcomic characters!

What items make your day-to-day routines easier?

Fear Isn’t Real: Facing Artistic Insanity

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A sketch I did while trying to ignore fear.

I have a lot of issues as an artist. The usual suspects of course, for anyone trying something that demands skill, dedication, connections, and (at least some) blind faith… Am I really able to do this? Do I deserve success? Do I have any proof that this is a good idea? Why bother?

It more or less boils down to being accepting of failure (“I’m only human/I’m a newbie”) and suspicious of success (“It was probably luck/they’re my family, they have to say that.”) With the exception of a few, this is the general mentality for a lot of creatives. Failure is natural, success is a fluke. If you’re anything like me, you’re nodding (which I’m doing as I type) and saying, “Yep. True story.”

I recently watched “After Earth”, the Will Smith movie directed by M. Night Shyamalan. In the film, there are monsters that can only “see” humans when the humans feel fear. Smith’s character explains to his son that “Fear is an illusion.” He clarifies that danger is very real, but fear is a choice. Fear is making a choice based on something that hasn’t happened (and may never happen) and Smith describes it as borderline insanity.

That particular part of the movie made me think about those questions that come into my head when I’m doubting my life choices (especially concerning art and writing.) There are days where my lack of confidence keep me from putting art out into the world. There are days when fear of failure definitely keeps me from even trying. Like in “After Earth”, I feel paralyzed with “what ifs” and “flight not fight” instincts. And just like in the movie, those fears only make the danger more real.

This is called being set up to fail. You and me, we’re spending our days assuming our plans won’t work. If we assume that failure is probable, then we don’t try (or don’t try as hard.) In a weird way, it’s like the line from Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol: If we’re going to die, then we’d better do it, and decrease the surplus population! Yeah, I’m using both sci-fi and classical references to make my point.

And my point is this: as artists, we’re choosing to be afraid and run for cover, simply because of something we imagined. Ironically, that imaginary threat is most likely based on a history of giving up and not trying (at least it is for me.) But the real danger isn’t that we might not get the job, the client, the success, the fame, the money or whatever; the real danger is that we might not even put pencil to paper. We might not put stylus to tablet, brush to canvas, fingers to keyboard. The real danger isn’t that we might not succeed; it’s that we might not even try. Simply buckling down and doing is more than half the battle. Everything else comes later.

What’s your greatest fear about doing art? How do you deal with it?